When we were planning the trip for the upcoming Coastal Guide, we knew that we would be working day and night. The trip will encompass over 5 destinations and will take our team of three about 2 or 3 weeks to accumulate everything. Between meeting partners, finding new attractions along with updating current ones and getting vital travel information, it’s hard to find the time to take a step back and smell the roses.
Day 1: Vung Tau City - Smelling the roses
Our first destination is Vung Tau. This seaside town is usually missed by most tourists and we wanted to see if there was enough to really call it a destination. We head directly to the peak of Saigon’s infamous rush hour traffic and it took us close to 2 hours to get from the center of District 1 to District 8. Once out of the city however, we made some great time to the Cat Lai ferry where we saw a huge container ships offloading their shipments for their eventual move to Saigon.
We arrived in Vung Tau a little bit after midnight and went to our hotel and crashed hard. Typical of these trips, we were up at the crack of dawn to start our day. We headed out to the Statue Park, which has some of the oddest statues I have seen in a park.
Walking around the Park, I noticed an older lady with a digital SLR camera and had a bit of a chat. She has been taking photos of tourists visiting the Park for the past 20 years. With the popularity of smartphones and digital cameras, she has lost much of her trade so next time you are in Statue Park, spend the 20,000 Dong to get a photo developed and help out a little slice of the local economy.
We also had a chance to head up to the Cloud Lake Eco-resort and had a blast in their Formula 1 race track and their Alpine Coaster. The Alpine Coaster is a definite must-do when at Cloud Lake and I would gladly go again for the experience.